Spectrum offers several programs that help young people learn to navigate the challenges associated with transitioning to independent adulthood.
These can include learning how to find a job, going to and paying for college, learning how to drive, or managing personal finances.
“Spectrum was life-changing for me… I wouldn’t have successfully gotten through high school or learned to live independently… I felt like I had a family away from my family. Everyone cared about my well-being so much.”
This program offers case management services to about 200 youth ages 15-22, who are, or have been, in foster care or state custody through the Department for Children and Families in Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties.
Our goal is to help these youth transition to a self-sufficient and thriving adulthood by working with them eight areas of their lives: housing, employment, health and mental health, hard and soft skills, goal setting, assessing needs and strengths, and higher education. We also encourage youth to advocate for themselves and develop strong leadership skills.
The Youth Development Program is located in Spectrum’s building at 191 North Street, Burlington VT, 05401 and at 186 Lake St, St. Albans, VT 05478.
For more information on the YDP program, please contact Khara Janssen at 802-864-7423 x221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The JOBS program is an innovative, intensive case management program for young adults ages 14-26, which promotes healthy transitions to independence using employment as the catalyst for progress.
The program focuses on young adults who have multiple barriers to success, such as those who are experiencing mental health and/or substance abuse challenges, have dropped out of school, are at risk of homelessness, are exiting the foster care system, or have been involved in the correctional system.”
Through this program, we focus on supporting young adults with finding and keeping stable, competitive, fulfilling employment, while working to overcome barriers which jeopardize successfully transitioning into adulthood. We believe that a positive work experience is crucial in providing the confidence, increased self-esteem, and financial security necessary to make a successful transition into adulthood and independence.
The JOBS program is a collaboration between Spectrum, HowardCenter, and VocRehab Vermont.
191 North Street, Burlington VT, 05401.
For more information on the JOBS program, please contact Gina D’Ambrosio at 802-864-7423 x337 or gd’email@example.com.